Trumpet player Walter Cano was born with music already running through his veins. Growing up in Seattle a first-generation American of Peruvian descent, his love for rhythm was shaped early by the festive Afro-Peruvian festejo and landó that permeated his home and the colorful jazz greats like Miles Davis and Clark Terry he studied in school. Honoring both of these traditions is key to Walter’s ambitions as a musician and composer today.
Known for his hard work and fiery sound, Walter has performed all over the world with some of today’s top jazz artists — including Rodney Whitaker, Orquesta Ritmo, the Etienne Charles Big Band, and Bobby Carcasses — and as a composer and arranger, his music has been performed throughout the U.S. and in Cuba. Currently, he also performs as a member of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, as a Geri Allen fellow with The Gathering Orchestra, and with his quintet, VOWELS